Wednesday,  Aug 31    2005           Malaysia National Day  

  Trinidad and Tobago National Day  

The guys in Malaysia are celebrating their National Day in a big way on ARC today.  Enjoy the huge update everyone and HAPPY MERDEKA DAY!!!

Tuesday,  Aug 30    2005                 Victory Day in Turkey    Kyrgyz Republic National Day  
Monday,  Aug 29    2005           

I've been following the latest hurricane Katrina news most of the night and luckily it didn't hit New Orleans head on, but it looks like a very disturbing situation.  I do know some ARC'ers that are currently in the path of this Hurricane and their safety and well being is the prime concern of all ARC'ers.

  • Mark L. Rossmann begins your week with his selection of 1/48 Kawanishi N1K Aircraft.  These models include kits from Tamiya, Hasegawa and Otaki.  Mark has provided info about the history and building each of these beauties. 

  • Manuel J. Armas S. has built this stunning 1/48 Academy F-14A Interceptor for his girlfriend.  He's included quite a few photos of his F-14.   

  • Maurizio Bressan is here with his 1/48 Academy CH-46E.   Maurizo did some extra detailing to his CH-46 and he's included photos of this detailing before he glued the fuselage together.  Very nice indeed.   

  • Rodney Williams joins us with his 1/48 Revell F-86D Sabre Dog.  Rodney always builds the most interesting models and his Sabre Dog  is a great kit built to Rodney's usual high standards.  

  • David Bey is here with his well done Singapore 1/72 Italeri C-130H.  David did some extra detailing to his C-130 and he's included photos of this detailing during the build process.  David went the extra mile to detail his C-130. 

  • Jeff Hamel is here with his 1/48 Academy Mig-21MF.  Jeff used a Blackbox cockpit and finished his Mig with a beautifully weathered paint job. 


Sunday,  Aug 28    2005              Polish (Military) Aviation Day   
  • Aaron Hughes is here with his 1/72 Airfix Lightning F.1A.  Aaron did some delicate weathering and finished his Lightning in markings of the "Firebirds" aerobatic display team using Cutting Edge Decals.  A fine model of this classic British jet.

  • Paul Hastings joins us with two of his 1/48 Hasegawa Macchi C205.  Paul chose 2 quite different and attractive paint schemes for his Macchi 205 and finished them with some very effective techniques.


Saturday,  Aug 27    2005                 Moldova National Day  
  • Rick Reinbott starts today with his 1/48 Hobbycraft FB11 Sea Fury.  Rick built his as a slightly weathered Bay of Pigs Sea Fury, which is something I've not seen done as a model before.  Good one Rick.  

  • Billy Goodman is here with a 1/72 Revell Israeli F-16A he built long ago.  Billy's F-16 stands the test of time with all the extra detailing he did on it.  Always good to see these jet models with the extra detailing .    


Friday,  Aug 26    2005    
  • We arrived home late last night after a busy day visiting family and shopping.  Here's a photo of me with my oldest daughter riding a Fred Flintstone type car.....I'm a car this photo was a must do sort of thing.  We had an amusing time at this attraction 90 west of Vancouver, BC. 

  • Le Thanh Tung is here with his 1/32 Trumpeter A-10A.  Tung did some changes to his A-10 such as a Blackbox resin cockpit to improve upon the detail of the very good Trumpeter A-10.  This and a stellar airbrushing job gave him a masterpiece A-10.

  • Graham Symmonds is here with his dirty 1/35 Academy AH-1W Super Cobra.  I was quite impressed with the outcome of Graham's weathering looks just like photos of the real chopper.      

  • Pavel Krejci has dropped by with his 1/48 HiPM MIG-19S.  Pavel chose to finish his MiG in the markings of the Patrik aerobatics team, which is a very unique and pleasing choice.  His bare metal finish has the look of the real aircraft.  

  • Jesús Alcocer joins us with his 1/72 Fujimi Aichi D3A2 ValJesús also weathered his Val to get that war weary look.......a very convincing model.    


Thursday,  Aug 25    2005         Uruguay Independence Day  
Wednesday,  Aug 24    2005                  Ukraine National Day   
I've managed to hook onto my nephew's net connection, so I will continue updates while I'm out of town.  The first day of our family vacation went good......we spent hours and hours at a Flintstone theme park.  And I've got a picture of myself in a Fred Flintstone car.  
  • Keith Beraska begins this update in honour of the Ukraine National Day with his eye catching 1/72 Hasegawa MiG-29 "Ukrainian Falcons".   This is one of the jets that was part of the Ukrainian national flight demo team.....painted in the very attractive national colours of blue and gold.

  • Joe Youngerman is here with another of his beauties.  This is Joe's 1/72 Revell Blohm & Voss BV P-194 in a what-if scheme.  Joe also added some extra detailing to improve the look of his BV P-194.

  • Cruise Wang is here with his 1/72 Revell F-16A Block 20 done up in Taiwanese markings.  Cruise had to change the kit slightly to get the details correct and make his own markings for some of the decals.....but he got it done and it turned out quite good.

  • Phil Hastie has been busy building his 1/72 Academy P-47D.  This is one heck of a nice kit and Phil turn it into a very well done model of this famous WW2 fighter. 


Tuesday,  Aug 23    2005    
I'll be out of town for a few days on vacation with my wife and kids.  This will be our big family vacation this year.  If I can get an internet connection while out of town, I will continue updates while I'm out of town.  
  • Konley Kelley begins today with his 1/72 Academy Memphis Belle B-17F.  Konley has digitally posed his B-17 bomber in the midst of it's mission.  I always get a kick out of Konley's digital creations using his models.  

  • Denis Belyanin is here with his beautifully done 1/72 Academy F-14A Tomcat.  Denis did a stunning job on his Tomcat.  Enjoy.  

  • J.C. Bahr is here with his 1/72 Hasegawa Beaufighter Mk.21.  J.C. did some extra detailing on his Beaufighter and then finished it in Australian markings creating his very pleasing model.     

  • David Shen is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his  1/72 PM Ta183 done up in a very realistic looking paint job.  Welcome to ARC David!!!   


Monday,  Aug 22    2005            Happy Birthday Chris Hughes!!!

There's a little long standing joke on ARC between Chris Hughes and myself.....we share the same birthday and each year I've always wished him a happy birthday on our you know why.  I'd also like to wish a Happy Birthday to other ARC'ers born on this day.  

My sister had us over for a big Birthday Roast Beef feast yesterday and tonight I'll be going to my favourite steak house with my wife and daughters for a big time out to celebrate my 45th birthday.  

  • Paul Parkes is here with his first article on ARC.  This is his beautifully done 1/48 Revell / Italeri X-32B that he converted from the X-32A kit.  Paul makes his own marking when needed and he's also included photos of his X-35B in operational markings.  Welcome to ARC Paul.  

  • Yufei Mao is here with his impressive 1/48 Hasegawa B5N2 Kate.  Yufei has detailed his Kate with photo etch from Eduard and scratch built items for his Pearl Harbor attacker.  The paint job on that one is a sight to behold....enjoy.

  • Armin Knes has dropped by from Austria with his nicely done 1/48 Revell Convair B-58A.  Armin built this huge model and and finished it in a baremetal finish with different shades of metal to give his B-58A a more realistic finish.      

  • Eric Bade is here with his 1/72 Eduard Lavoshkin La-7.  Eric did his usual extra detailing on his La-7 and then finished it with a spectacular paint job. 

  • I have a review of the new 1/72 and 1/48 Italian 'smoke ring' camouflage decals from Mike Grant Decals.  Some have called these the End of the Hobby.......I consider them revolutionarily positive change for the hobby. 

  • Ken Middleton is here with a review of the 1/72 F-14A “Tomcat Alley” decal sheet from CAM DecalsThese decals retail for $8.00 from North American Hobbies


Sunday,  Aug 21    2005    
  • Laurent Boildieu begins today with his 1/48 Tamiya P-47D Thunderbolt.  Laurent finished his beautifully built  P-47 in the markings of the famous US Ace Lt. Colonel Francis Gabreski.  

  • J.C. Bahr is here with his 1/72 Northrop F-89D.  J.C. tells about building one of these in 1/72 and how to get the same great results he did on his brightly coloured F-89D.


Saturday,  Aug 20    2005              Hungary National Day  
  • Erik Wauters is here to mark the National Day in Hungary with his 1/144 Academy Su-22 Fitter in Hungarian markings.  Have a good look at this one....Erik did a splendid job on it.

  • Pablo Calcaterra joins us today with his 1/48 Hobbycraft Hurricane MkI.  Pablo's built the last hurricane flown by Ace pilot Pat Pattle and his article contains a full history and all the info about the conversion he did on his hurricane....including 40 photos.  Sit back and enjoy.


Friday,  Aug 19   2005    Dieppe Raid 1942
  • Rick Reinbott begins today with his 1/48 Monogram F-86 Sabre.   Rick finished this beauty in a baremetal finish.

  • Pete Morgan is here to treat you to photos of his 1/48 Hasegawa Typhoon.  Pete was very busy detailing his Typhoon and then creating a diorama to display it in all it's glory.   

  • Denis A. Belyanin has dropped by with his 1/72 Revell Su-27.  Denis did plenty of extra work to detail and weather his Flanker.  The finished model is stunning.  Welcome to ARC Denis. 

  • Rafi Ben-Shahar joins us with his 1/48 Pro Modeler SB2C-4 Helldiver.  Rafi used a wing fold set to fold the wings on his Helldiver to further enhance the look and detail of his model.  The work was well worth the looks great.   

  • Ken Middleton is here with his review of the 1/48 F-14A/B Colorful Cats decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.   


Wednesday,  Aug 17   2005          Indonesia Independence Day    Gabon Independence Day   
  • Iwan Winarta is here from Indonesia to begin this special Indonesian update.  This is Iwan's 1/72 Academy P-40N in RAAF markings with weathering and sexy noseart. 

  • Alex Sidharta is here from Indonesia with his 1/48 Trumpeter MiG-19S Farmer.  Alex finished his Yugoslavian MiG-19 in a baremetal finish with weathering.   

  • Rahman Ramadya is here with his 1/72 Hasegawa Ki-43 Hayabusa (Oscar) Indonesian air force markings.  Rahman gave his Oscar a chipped worn paint job and a weathered look.   

  • Alex Sidharta is here with his 1/48 Italeri F-16A Block 15 OCU Fighting Falcon.  Alex finished his F-16  in an attractive camo pattern and added a weapons load complete with messages on the bombs.  

  • Iwan Winarta joins us with his 1/72 Revell Boeing Kaydet in  Indonesian Air Force markings.  Iwan also includes the history behind this little gem.

  • Alexander Sidharta is here with his single seater 1/48 Airfix BAe Hawk 209.  Alex used a resin conversion set from Neomega to further detail his Hawk.

  • Iwan Winarta joins us with his 1/72 Fujimi F1M2 “Pete” that was seized by the Indonesian and repainted in Indonesian markings.  Iwan did rigging on his biplane and  he talks about this in his article. 

  • Iwan Winarta finishes today's update with his 1/72 Academy P-40E.  Iwan includes history of his P-40 and one thing I really enjoyed was the fire breathing beast on the noseart.   


Tuesday,  Aug 16   2005 
  • No update today.  I'm in London, Ontario, Canada....spending time with 4 of my siblings before we bury our Mom's ashes on Wednesday.  My hotel has free high speed internet....which is very cool. 


There will be no update on Tuesday.  I hope to have an update on Wednesday.
I will be flying 4,000km on Monday to attend the burial service of my Mom's ashes.  I fly back on Wednesday and hope to be home Thursday. 
Monday,  Aug 15   2005       Republic of Korea National Day 

  India Independence Day       Congo National Day       

Sunday,  Aug 14   2005        Pakistan Independence Day  
  • Haroon Hamid bigns today's special Pakistan Independence Day update with his  1/48 Academy Mirage IIIRP.  Haroon has provided some interesting history behind his Mirage IIIRP and some of it's wartime it's operational history.  The model and display base came out very well.   

  • Omair Zafar is here with his Pakistan Indep. Day article including a selection of his models.  I'm glad that Omair has joined us for this update, because these special update....have a Happy Independence Day guys. 

  • Pierrig Salaün is here with his 1/72 Academy P-47D-25Pierrig has included info about the history of this P-47 as well as info about building this beauty. 

  • Dima Mudrakou is here from Belarus with his 1/72 KP Su-7BKL.  Dima has done much work on his Su-7BKL to correct the kit and add extra detail.  The finished model is stunning. 


Saturday,  Aug 13   2005  
  • Stephen Prior begins today with his 1/48 Tamiya P-51 Mustang III.  Stephen finished his mustang in the markings for a RAF Polish squadron Mustang in those great looking D-Day stripes.  

  • KEi is here with his 1/48 Italeri F/A-18E.  KEi replaced the kit cockpit with one from Blackbox and used decals from Twobobs to finished off his Italeri model.  


Friday,  Aug 12   2005  
Thursday,  Aug 11   2005          Chad Independence Day  
Wednesday,  Aug 10   2005      Ecuador Independence Day  
Tuesday,  Aug 9   2005          Singapore National Day  
  • Low Jer Wei is here with his 1/48 Academy AH-64D LongBow in Singapore markings.   Jer Wei kept busy doing an eye catching job on painting and detailing his Apache giving him some outstanding results.

  • Leslie Choy has dropped by with his Singapore 1/48 Hasegawa A 4SU Skyhawk.  This particular model is an aircraft that flew with the Singapore "Black Knight" aerobatic team.  Leslie made changes to kit parts to get his attractive A-4 to be more accurate for a Singapore A-4.  

  • Lee Chee Hwa is here to further support Singapore today with his 1/48 Hasegawa AH-64D.  Chee Hwa built this Apache a few years back and it's good to see it on this special day for Singapore.  

  • Leslie Choy has been busy getting ready for this Singapore update 1/48 Aeroclub Strikemaster.  Leslie did quite a bit of work on his Strikemaster trainer to improve the details and accuracy.  The finished model looks very good. 

  • Lee Chee Hwa is also here with his second model for this special update for Singapore with his 1/72 Fujimi E-2C.  This is an attractive model in Singapore markings.  Nice one Chee Hwa. 

  • Ken Middleton is here with a review of the new SHOCK AND AWE book from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This book is written written by Greg L. Davis and includes aircraft Nose Art & Mission Marks etc from Operation Enduring / Iraqi Freedom.

  • Steve Filak is here with a review of the new 1/32 resin A-10 GAU-8 Gun Muzzle from Cutting Edge Modelworks.  This is quite the resin gun and is a must have for anyone building the 1/32 Trumpter A-10....reads Steve's review to find out why. 

  • Ken Middleton is here with a review of the new 1/32 F-16C Block 40 421st FS “OIF Black Widows” decal sheet from Afterburner DecalsThis sheet features Current F-16CG Block 40 markings for two Commander's jets, one for Operation Iraqi Freedom and one for OIF II, plus 2 line jets.

  • I have a review of the new 1/48USAF F-16C's decal sheet from IsraDecal.  This decal sheet includes 3 F-16's with nose artwork from the Gulf War in 1990-91.  One of the aircraft has sexy artwork and the "chalk" artwork decal is done is a very realistic way.


Monday,  Aug 8   2005  
Sunday,  Aug 7   2005                   Cote d'lvoire National Day  
  • Tolga Ulgur begins today with his 1/48 Hasegawa P-40 E Warhawk.  Wow....the cockpit and paint job on this one show the high skill level of Tolga.  You'll enjoy the photos Tolgas has included of this beauty.

  • Dave Tietjen is here with his "what-if" story to go with his 1/72 AMT/Ertl XB-70There is no doubt about it....this is one well written story.  A darn fine looking model as well.  Grab a coffee or tea and enjoy the story and photos. 


Saturday,  Aug 6   2005    Bolivia Independence Day  

  60th Anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing 

  • David Chong is here to mark the 60th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing with his 1/72 Academy B-29 'Enola Gay'.  David used a variety of techniques to bring out the detail in his historical B-29.  Thanks for sending it in David. 

  • Jeremy Neo is here with one of the WW2 fighters that was used to defend the Japanese Home Islands from the Allied bombers.  This is his 1/48 Otaki Hien Ki-61 done up with quite the complicated camo job.  


Friday,  Aug 5   2005                          Jamaica National Day  

  Croatian Victory Day or Dan Domovinske zahvalnosti  

  Russia - End of Kursk operation (1943)  

Thursday,  Aug 4   2005                  Burkina Faso National Day  
Wednesday,  Aug 3   2005   
  • My 9 year old now can now ride a 2 wheeler bike.  We did our usual practicing this morning and then she asked for the pedals to be installed on her bike and after a few tries....she rode unassisted for about 10 feet......a successful milestone.  This has got to be one of the trickier jobs for a Dad during these early years.  I feel pretty good about it.

  • Jojo B Cruz begins today with his weathered 1/72 Academy F-14 Tomcat.  Jojo brushed painted his F-14 and I must admit I wish I could brush paint a model to look so well. 

  • Jeff Brundt is here with his 1/32 Hasegawa Fw-190A-8.  Jeff has provided some historical background on this Luftwaffe interceptor as well as insight about building this particular model kit.  Excellent results on your Fw-190 Jeff.

  • Armin Knes joins us with his 1/72 Revell MiG-21 F-13.  This model sports a bare metal finish that Armin buffed to get that certain level of shine.  Well done Armin.

  • Dennis Weber is here with his 1/48 Hobbycraft Spitfire XIVe.  Dennis finished his Spit in RCAF 402 Squadron markings along with gentle amounts of paint chipping and weathering.  Dennis includes lots of good info about building his low cost Hobbycraft kit. 

  • I have a review of the new 1/48 PB4Y Privateer Water Nymphs Part 1 decal sheet from PYN-UP Decals.  This sheet features 2 aircraft....both with very sexy noseart!!!

  • Ken Middleton is here with a review of the 1/72 F-117A Kosovo Bandits decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.  This sheet features 4 different F-117's...including the one that was shot down over Yugoslavia.

  • Ken Middleton is here with a review of the 1/48 F-16CJ Block 50 55th FS “Shaw Shooters” decal sheet from Afterburner Decals.  This sheet features a Commander's jet,  plus 2 line jets from Operation Northern Watch.


Tuesday,  Aug 2   2005   
Monday,  Aug 1   2005   
  • Yesterday's day trip with my 9 year old daughter went very well.....we attended a car show 2 hours from our city.....600 cars entered including a 1917 Ford Model T to expensive custom hot rods to new Porsches.....we both had a grand time.

  • The bike riding lessons continued this morning.....I've removed the pedals from their bikes and both of my daughters are propelling themselves with their feet as they gain balance and confidence.  So far so good.  

  • Jeff Brundt begins today with his 1/48 Tamiya A6M2 Zero.  Jeff his Zero out of the box, but that didn't stop him from turning out one great looking model.  He's provided some history about this older Tamiya kit and about building it.

  • Lee Chee Hwa is here with his 1/48 Hasegawa F-16D Brakeet Chee Hwa built his Israeli F-16 out of the box, but that still gave him one heck of an attractive looking jet.  These Israeli jets look fantastic in their camo.

  • Hal Marshman (who I had the deep pleasure to meet at the US Nationals in Atlanta) is here with his 1/48 Tamiya F4U-1 Corsair.  Hal did quite a bit of effort and modifications to his Corsair and as you'll see by the paint job....Hal has things figured out very well. 

  • Ilan Askapa is here with his  1/48 Heller OH-58B Bell 206B (Syphan).  This is an Israeli chopper that is finished with decals from IsraDecal.  Another sharp looking Israeli aircraft in desert camo.

  • Ken Middleton is here with Part 2 of his US Nationals 2005 model photos.  Today Ken includes 60 photos including  a pic of the 1/48 Monogram F-4 built by Cyrus Tan.....this one had to be seen to be believed.  Cyrus put in an incredible effort to update this good but older kit.  

  • Steve Filak is here with a review of the 1/32 Corrected resin Exhaust Nozzles for Revell F-15C/E from Cutting Edge Modelworks

  • Ken Middleton is here with a review of the 1/72 F-14B VF-103 Last Tomcat Cruise decal sheet from Two Bobs Aviation Graphics.

  • Ken Middleton  is here with a review of the 1/48 F-16C Block 40 421st FS “OIF Black Widows” decal sheet from Afterburner Decals.  This is their first sheet and we'll see many more sheets from this energetic company.